Visitors with Disabilities - Manuhiri Hauā

The Museum on Ridgway is accessible to wheelchairs and prams its entrance is at 62 Ridgway Street. Please note that there are no public toilets available and no food or drink is permitted in the exhibition spaces. Our friendly staff can, however, look after bags safely behind the counter.

The Museum on Ridgway is mostly a quiet space. During school holidays or when education classes are present, this may not always be the case! Please phone us before your visit to check if groups that could affect noise levels are booked in.

If you are attending an event at the Davis Theatre on Watt Street, there is ramp access from the car park behind the Museum.

Please contact the Museum if you are interested in a tactile tour designed for visually impaired visitors.


The Durie Hill Tower in Whanganui took six years to build and finally opened in 1925. It was dedicated to the memory of members of the armed services from the town of Whanganui and district who fell in what was then called the Great War, the massive world-wide conflict of 1914-1918. The tower has 176 steps from base to top floor level, and a height of about 35 metres from ground level to the top of the parapet. The photographer is unknown and the image was found in one of the Whanganui Historical Society photograph albums.